TURF Cheltenham launches “The Very Very First” Auction

After a year of closures and limited openings, today the members of TURF Cheltenham are bouncing back with the launch of an online auction of unique hospitality experiences.

Up for offer are 60 lots from over 37 independent hospitality venues across Cheltenham. The experiences are as individual as the businesses promoting them, but they are all similar in offering “The Very Very First” opportunities.

To celebrate the end of lockdown, you’ll be able to bid on a range of experiences in support of local owner-operated hospitality venues, including the first Birdcage Booth at new bar Imperial Haus, a private room for six at Bar Padron and a table at the first jazz gig after reopening at Smokey Joe’s.

Other BID businesses involved in the auction include Woodkraft, Domaine 16, Lumiere, The Find, COCO, Under the Prom and GL50, as well as several more of Cheltenham’s very best venues.

Rob Metz, Owner of Café Boho, said: “I got the idea from a friend of mine back in Holland. He told me about a group of businesses that got together to see how they could get their customers back into their venues once lockdown was over. They wanted this to be something different, something special and very unique and so the Auction was created. As a member of TURF Cheltenham I just knew we could do this as well. All of us are not just independent hospitality business owners, but also people that are creative and like-minded and would be up for doing something different. After presenting the idea to the group, we formed a small core team and, well, the rest is history I suppose.”

As TURF Cheltenham is also keen to give back to the community and support a local charity, 5p of every £1 bid will be donated to National Star College in Ullenwood. The other 95p will go directly to the venue you are bidding for.

Monica Farthing, Fundraiser at National Star, said: “Never in National Star’s 54-year-old history has the need for our support been greater as during this pandemic. Our frontline nursing, care, therapies and education teams have gone above and beyond to keep the vulnerable young people at National Star safe, well and happy. We could not provide the high standard of facilities, which enabled us to respond quickly to the pandemic, without the fantastic support of the local community. We can’t thank TURF enough for choosing to support National Star through their auction.”

Set up just over a year ago, TURF Cheltenham is made up of 34 independent, owner-operated businesses who work together to have their voices heard and to share thoughts, ideas and build a great community.

To view the auction prizes available, visit:  www.turfcheltenham.co.uk/auction

For more information on how the auction works, visit: www.turfcheltenham.co.uk/the-very-very-first-auction

The auction runs for three weeks from midday on Wednesday 31 March.  Follow TURF Cheltenham, and TURF Members, on their social channels for further updates: Instagram,  Facebook and Twitter 

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